State Senator Kent Sorenson, a Milo Republican, offered just a one-sentence denial of a new sworn affidavit claiming he got paid to serve as Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s state co-chairman for her 2012 Iowa Caucus efforts. His denial read, “It is the same regurgitated garbage that they’ve been claiming and I stand by my previous comments.”
Sorenson denied he got paid $7,500 a month as Bachmann’s former Chief of Staff Andy Parrish claims in newly released documents. Parrish said Sorenson requested to be paid and the campaign arranged to make that happen. Senate Ethics Rules forbid members from getting paid to work on presidential campaigns. Parrish said Sorenson assured the campaign that his agreement to get paid would not violate any rules.
Parrish’s attorney, John Gilmore, said he will send the signed paperwork of his client’s affidavit to Secretary of the Senate Mike Marshall by Thursday or Friday. The secretary would then send the complaints for the senate ethics committee to review. The committee would then decide whether to call for an investigation into the allegations against Sorenson. Gilmore said, “This campaign relied on a sitting Iowa senator to know the meats and bounds of his own ethical obligations as created by the very body he’s privileged to be a member.”